Thai Language and Culture Day, Loy Krathong 2019

“Loy Krathong, Save the World”, was this year’s Thai Language and Culture Day theme celebration on November 11th, 2019. The primary students began the show singing in a cappella, followed by a Thai dance performance, both to the delight of the audience. The secondary students then showed their video, “Loy Krathong, How To Save Our World”, centered on the topic of minimizing waste whilst celebrating and respecting the essence of Loy Krathong. Later, they assisted teachers in all Learning Stations from Nursery till Year 6. The older students taught and made Thai traditional games, candle making from reused materials and wax, grilling sticky rice to drawing Thai motifs with their younger peers. These integrated lessons help students make connections because learning by doing fosters a better understanding of how the environment and culture play an important part in their daily lives.


โรงเรียนนานาชาติปัญญาเด่น จัดงาน วันรักษ์ภาษา, วัฒนธรรมไทย และประเพณีลอยกระทงประจำปีนี้ ซึ่งตรงกับวันที่ 1 พฤศจิกายน 2562 ภายใต้ธีม “ ลอยกระทงรักษ์โลก”ค่ะ กิจกรรมภายในงานนั้น มีทั้งการร้องเพลงวันลอยกระทงในรูปแบบอคาเปล่า, การแสดงนาฏศิลป์ ของนักเรียนระดับประถม ส่วนในนักเรียนระดับมัธยมศึกษาเป็นการนำเสนอผลงานวิดีโอเรื่อง “ลอยกระทงอย่างไรจึงจะช่วยโลกของเรา” ซึ่งเป็นผลมาจากการระดมกระบวนการเรียนรู้ของนักเรียน ใจความสำคัญเนื้อหาของวิดีโอนั้นเพื่อให้เกิดความตระหนักและต้องการณรงค์การลดปริมาณขยะ หรือการมีขยะให้น้อยที่สุด ในขณะเดียวกันเพื่อเป็นการส่งเสริมให้มีวิถีปฏิบัติที่ถูกครรลอง ดีงามและทรงคุณค่าแห่งประเพณีวันลอยกระทง อีกทั้งนักเรียนมัธยมยังได้มีส่วนร่วมในการปฏิบัติหน้าที่ผู้ช่วยคุณครูประจำการแต่ละฐานฯเพื่อช่วยเหลือและช่วยสาธิตน้องๆตั้งแต่ระดับอนุบาลจนถึงชั้น Year 6 ที่หมุนเวียนเข้าฐานทำกิจกรรมอย่างสนุกสนาน อาทิเช่น การประดิษฐ์กระทง การหล่อเทียนในผางประทีป การทำข้าวจี่ การเขียนลายไทย ค่ะ การบูรณาการเรียนรู้เหล่านี้มีส่วนช่วยให้นักเรียนเชื่อมโยงการเรียนรู้ ซึ่งประสบการณ์จะช่วยให้เกิดความเข้าใจที่ดีขึ้นเกี่ยวกับสภาพแวดล้อมและวัฒนธรรมในชีวิตประจำวันค่ะ

Social Contribution Week

Giving without any expectations.
Social Contribution Week is where all Panyaden students are involved in social and environmentally friendly activities, from planting trees to picking up trash on hiking trails and visiting the elderly. The students learn and understand the act of generosity, the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return, and respecting the elderly, a Thai traditional. This helps strengthen their attitude to love and care for nature and humanity!
กิจกรรมสัปดาห์แห่งการบำเพ็ญประโยชน์ของนักเรียนโรงเรียนปัญญาเด่นทุกคนนั้น จะมุ่งเน้นกิจกรรมที่เกี่ยวข้องกับการเป็นมิตรต่อสังคมและสิ่งแวดล้อม นับตั้งแต่เรื่องของการปลูกต้นไม้ การคัดแยกขยะ ความผูกพันกับป่าจากการเดินเทรล ไปจนถึงการดูแลผู้สูงอายุ นักเรียนจะได้เรียนรู้และเข้าใจถึงหลักของการให้โดยไม่หวังสิ่งตอบแทน ความเมตตา กรุณา ตลอดจนการเคารพผู้อาวุโสตามประเพณีของไทย สิ่งเหล่านี้จะปลูกฝังทัศนคติของนักเรียนให้มีความรัก ใส่ใจต่อธรรมชาติและสังคมมนุษย์
Bamboo, Basil and Chili Planting, October 8, 2019
Year 2 and Year 5 Field Trip to Baan Dhamapakorn Chiang Mai, October 9, 2019

Learning Tips from Kru Michel: Reading

Learning Tips from Kru Michel: Reading

You probably know that reading to your children 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than reading one hour twice a week. But did you know that accepting to read to your child the same book over and over is supporting his/her reading skills? When the child has memorized the book and “reads” it back to you, they are experiencing their first successful reading session. Let’s celebrate that!

เกร็ดการเรียนรู้จากครูมิเชล: การอ่าน

ผู้ปกครองคงทราบกันดีอยู่แล้วว่าการอ่านหนังสือให้เด็กฟังทุกวัน วันละ 10 นาทีจะเป็นประโยชน์กว่าการอ่านสัปดาห์ละสองครั้ง ครั้งละ 1 ชั่วโมง แต่ทราบหรือไม่ว่าหากอ่านหนังสือเล่มเดิมให้เด็กฟังอยู่เรื่อยๆ จะช่วยเสริมทักษะการอ่านของเขาได้ดีขึ้น เมื่อเด็กจดจำเนื้อเรื่องได้และเริ่มเป็นฝ่ายอ่านให้คุณฟัง นั่นแปลว่าเด็กคนนั้นประสบความสำเร็จในการอ่านครั้งแรกแล้ว ขอแสดงความยินดีด้วยครับ!


Kru Michel
Primary School Principal

Panyaden 12 Wise Habits: Mattanuta

Mattannuta (pronounced ma-tan-yoo-ta มัตตัญญุตา) means ‘knowing the right amount.’ When practised, it helps us achieve a healthy balance in life. It is the quality of understanding that, whatever goals we set ourselves, there is an optimum amount of material and non-material things that we need. It is the ability to assess what is enough, and to know when we are being overdemanding on ourselves, others or our environment.

The Buddha taught that the middle path should be followed by both body and mind. It is a path of neither sensory indulgence nor extreme austerity, but rather one of thoughtful moderation and balance. This does not only refer to specific actions or thoughts in isolation, for example consuming the right amount of food, but also to achieving the right balance between all the different things we do each day and throughout our lives.

To illustrate this, Phra Prom Kunaporn refers to the importance of balancing the five indriya, or spiritual faculties: conviction (saddha), perseverance (viriya), mindfulness (sati), concentration (samadhi) and wisdom (panya). For example, if our conviction or faith is very strong but we do not use wisdom, we have a tendency to become gullible, a person that follows without question. Conversely, high intelligence but little faith leads to scepticism, and an inability to look inside oneself for the truth. If our perseverance is strong but our concentration is weak, we are likely to become agitated and stressed. Too much concentration and insufficient perseverance, on the other hand, leads to excessive daydreaming or idleness. To find the right balance between these, we need to use the faculty of mindfulness (sati) to observe and manage the impulses that habitually drive our
actions and thoughts.



Grace, Year 6 on why she loves Robotics and how her focus and perseverence is sowing her path for future Robot competitions.

“Sometimes I feel like I want to give up and I don’t want to do it anymore but I keep trying and I made it”


Key takeaways:

  • Grace started her interest in Robotics only 4 months ago in May 2019.
  • Her focus and perseverance has helped her win numerous awards in Thailand and has led her to represent her country to compete in Australia at the Roborave Australia Robotics Education and Competition in May 2020.


Grace has been a student at Panyaden since 2011. She not only loves Robotics, her current passion, but also like playing the ukulele and the piano, drumming on pillows and, like every kid, jumping on the trampoline during her free time.

We posed a few questions to Grace and her mother Khun Fah in order to understand the process that she followed to assess her skills and qualities. We asked her about her aims for the robotic competition and how she sets goals to help realise and maximise her potential.

Can you tell us when Grace started showing interest in robotics and what provoked that interest?

Khun Fah: We wanted her to learn one of the most important skills for the future: coding. We feel that this will give her more opportunities in life. In May, we introduced Grace to the world of basic coding through robots starting from coding micro:bit and then programming it in the  C/C++  language. Grace learnt fast and really enjoyed this activity. She was able to concentrate for hours. Once she gained more confidence in what she is doing, she decided to start competing.  I think she did well, especially when it comes to concentration. She was able to control her emotions and stayed focus under pressure. She also learnt to accept that winning isn’t everything.

What did you enjoy about robotics and why are you passionate about this?

Grace: I like robotics because I am able to code the robot in different ways, track the block code and typing codes to make the robot move. I had a lot of fun with this new experience and I also made new friends.

What were the obstacles and what did you do to overcome them?

Khun Fah: This is a new experience for both of us. Our main obstacle was the innovative technology that we are not familiar with. I am so impressed by the ability of the young generation. This is a good opportunity for us to learn new things and improve ourselves.

Grace: One of the obstacles is, when I get really excited, my heart starts to beat fast, and I cannot concentrate with the coding but I can overcome it by concentrating on breathing, to just breathe in and out slowly.


Can you tell us which Wise Habits you used to help you before, during and after the competition?

I used Sati when I got too excited or started to get angry. I used Viriya to remind me to keep trying and not to give up too easily.

What did you learn from this?

Grace: First, I learned a new language: coding. I also learned the importance of keeping the battery charged for the robots. But most importantly, I learnt to understand myself and how to control my emotions better.

As a parent, how do you support and encourage your child?

Khun Fah: We encourage her to make decisions by herself and to do her best once she decided to do something, regardless of the outcome! We trust that she is able to overcome the obstacles with Sati.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to join robotics competition like you?

Grace: The robotic competition is a fun and exciting experience. But, you must keep practicing and have lots of patience and concentration to succeed.  It is also a very important skill to have in life.

Who would you like to thank for helping and supporting you?

Grace: I would like to thank my coach who taught me everything about coding and robotics. And my family for their patience and supporting my passion for robotics.


We wish Grace the best for the competition in May 2020!




On Monday 23rd of September, students and teachers took action to clean up the school and sorted all waste materials into their proper bins at the Green Stations. This sets an example for the whole school to be responsible and sustainable in Repairing, Recycling, Reducing and Reusing what consume daily. Not wasting our resources is key to reducing the impact of pollution and climate change in all aspects of our life. Many thanks to all the students, teachers and the PYD Sustainability committee for their dedication and commitment to making Panyaden Waste-Free!

ปัญญาเด่น #ทำจริง!

เมื่อวันจันทร์ที่ผ่านมา พวกเราชาวปัญญาเด่นได้ร่วมกันทำความสะอาดโรงเรียน และฝึกแบ่งแยกประเภทขยะให้ถูกต้องตาม ‘สถานีสีเขียว (Green Stations)’ รวมทั้งเรียนรู้แนวปฏิบัติเพื่อลดขยะที่ต้องนำไปกำจัดจริงๆ ในชีวิตประจำวันให้เหลือน้อยที่สุดตามหลักการ 4R คือ Repair (ซ่อม) Recycle (รีไซเคิล) Reduce (ลด) และ Reuse (ใช้ซ้ำ) การปลูกฝังค่านิยมให้เด็กๆ รู้จักใช้ทรัพยากรอย่างรู้คุณค่า คือกุญแจสำคัญสู่การลดผลประทบด้านสิ่งแวดล้อมและภาวะโลกร้อน ขอขอบคุณนักเรียน คุณครู และคณะกรรมการด้านความยั่งยื่น (PYD Sustainability committee) ในความมุ่งมั่นตั้งใจที่จะพัฒนาปัญญาเด่นให้เป็น ‘โรงเรียนไร้ขยะ’ ในอนาคต

Learning English and Learning in English by Kru Christine




The Gift of Language
Giving your child the gift of multiple languages is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Speaking another language opens doors to so many things. Not only does it open doors to personal connections, but it also allows us to understand how others view the world and how we can better work together for a greater cause.

Language Learners Add Value
At Panyaden, we view our language learners as assets to our community. We understand that these students bring so much value to our school in terms of their different languages, cultures, experiences and skills. As educators, we focus on all the things our language learning students CAN do instead of highlighting their deficits.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The way we support our English language learners at Panyaden is through co-teaching. Because we see these students with all their strengths and assets, we know the best way to support their English language development is in the classroom, alongside their already English proficient peers.

EAL teachers co-teach with homeroom teachers. The homeroom teacher is the content specialist, the EAL teacher is the language specialist. Co-teaching means that the teachers plan lessons together, teach together and assess together. Co-teaching can take two forms. Either, the EAL teacher is present in the classroom and supports the English language development directly. Or, the EAL teacher gives indirect language support through materials or scaffolds she created when she is unable to be in the classroom.It is important to remember that English language learning students are always supported in their English language development, regardless whether the EAL teacher is present in the classroom or not.

  • Language learning takes time. Social English, the English we use to communicate with family and friends, can usually be learned in a short amount of time. This can take anywhere from a few months to one or two years. Learning academic English, the English used at school, takes much longer to develop. This usually takes between five and seven years, possibly even longer. True language learning never stops!
  • Be a reading role-model for your child. Create an environment in your home in which reading is valued. Make sure your child sees you read. Discuss the things that you read with your child in your home language. Your child should read books in English, as well as their home language. Let your child choose books – don’t choose for them. Let them read widely across different genres.
  • Use your home language. Make sure your child’s home language is strong and keeps being developed. Giving your child a strong foundation in their home language is crucial to additional language learning. Regularly ask what your child is learning about in school in your home language. This helps your child to make connections and solidify their knowledge and understanding.
  • Help us support your child. Your child’s journey of English language development is made easier when we all work together. Talk to the EAL team if you have any questions about your child’s English language learning. Each child is different and we are more than happy to talk with you about what your child needs at each step of the way. We invite you to attend our parent information sessions to learn more about the language learning process.
  • And most importantly – be proud of your child! What your child does on a daily basis is difficult. Your child is learning in English and learning English at the same time. Notice your child’s small successes and celebrate them. Tell them that you are proud of what they are doing!

Here are some questions that parents often ask:

How long will my child need EAL support?
This depends on how quickly your child will be able to learn the academic English needed to function at grade level. Remember, learning academic English is a long process. It usually takes between five and seven years. Certain factors speed up the language learning process, others can slow it down.

How will we know about our child’s abilities in English?
This will be communicated to parents through parent-teacher conferences and reports. You are welcome to contact your child’s EAL teacher individually to discuss your child’s progress.

Kru Christine
EAL Coordinator

Annual Fire drill practice at Panyaden

Learning about fire safety in a memorable and meaningful way!
On Friday, 13th of September, Panyaden students, teachers and staff took part in a fire drill conducted with the Namphrae Pattana Municipality. Key safety points of the training were on how to evacuate the building in case of fire, knowing the safest route, where to assemble outside and who to report to.The students not only learnt how to carry out the school’s fire evacuation plan with speed and efficiency, but also enjoyed some time exploring a real fire truck and an ambulance.

Our many thanks and appreciation to all the teachers and staff, especially to the Nam Phrae Fire team for their time and dedication in teaching us about the importance of fire and emergency safety. 



เมื่อวันศุกร์ที่ ๑๓ กันยายนที่ผ่านมา นักเรียน ครู และบุคลากรปัญญาเด่นได้เข้าฝึกซ้อมอพยพหนีไฟร่วมกับเทศบาลน้ำแพร่พัฒนา เราได้จำลองสถานการณ์ขณะเกิดอัคคีภัย โดยฝึกเคลื่อนย้ายนักเรียนออกจากตัวอาคารอย่างเป็นระบบเพื่อรายงานตัว ณ จุดรวมพล นอกจากจะได้รับความรู้แล้ว นักเรียนตัวน้อยของเรายังตื่นเต้นสุดๆ ที่มีโอกาสได้สำรวจรถดับเพลิง และรถพยาบาลฉุกเฉินอย่างใกล้ชิดอีกด้วย

โรงเรียนขอขอบคุณทีมป้องกันและบรรเทาสาธารณภัยเทศบาลน้ำแพร่พัฒนาเป็นอย่างสูงที่สละเวลามาให้ความรู้กับพวกเราชาวปัญญาเด่น และขอขอบคุณคณะครู-บุคลากรทุกท่านที่ทำให้การซ้อมหนีไฟประจำปีนี้ผ่านพ้นไปด้วยดีค่ะ


Panyaden Annual Rice Planting 2019

“More Than Just A Bowl of Rice”

Two weeks after the Panyaden Rice Planting Day, our students returned to the paddy field to cultivate the rice and see how it is growing. This is a true community activity that involves students, parents and teachers, emphasizing #enthusiasm and #perseverance (Viriya) from growing the seedlings, preparing the field, right up to the time the rice is on the table. Students will now have a chance to watch it grow and then take part in the harvest with their parents. To complete the cycle of awareness, students will take the rice to the rice mill and finally bring it back to school and offer it to the cooks. Knowing the journey from the seed to the rice in their bowl, Panyaden students can truly appreciate every grain of rice on their plate and understand the important role we play in this vast natural ecosystem.

Rice Planting, preparation week 19th to 29th August, 2019

Rice Planting Day August 30, 2019

Rice Planting, cultivating week of 9th September, 2019